Her mother Sue Burt really does make good pumpkin bread

By CARLA OFFENBURGER  DES MOINES, Iowa, Feb. 2, 2017 – My mother Sue Burt’s pumpkin bread has always been a family favorite.  We often pester her to make some.  But let me just tell you the story in this poem.  Cans of Pumpkin Laughter and giggles – galore. And cans of pumpkin. And my mom. …

A POEM: Her prayer at the altar on Easter listened like a poem

JEFFERSON, Iowa, May 7, 2014 — Carla Offenburger is an elder at the Central Christian Church here.  At the Easter Sunday service in late April, she was one of the two elders who wrote and recited prayers just before communion.  We thought her prayer listened like a poem, and so we asked her for a copy of it…

A POEM: Realizing again how poetry helps focus our emotions

By CHUCK OFFENBURGER SHENANDOAH, Iowa, Feb. 12, 2014 — Kathryn Ketcham, 96-year-old mother of my lifelong friend and high school classmate Bruce Ketcham, died in late January.  I’m really glad I was able to attend her funeral here in my ol’ hometown.  You know, I can hardly think of her as “Kathryn.” Even though she never would…